Eric Heintschel played High School Baseball at Clay for coach Richard Kandick. He was named Great Lakes League Player of the Year for the 1989 season. Coach Heintschel played collegiately for the United States Air Force Academy for one year, where he was a starting third baseman and a pitcher in the team’s starting rotation. He then transferred to The University of Michigan where he played three seasons under Coach Bill Freehan, former Detroit Tigers catcher. At Michigan, Coach Heintschel was a three year starter in the pitching rotation for Michigan, compiling a 15-18 record. His junior season, he was named the Geoff Zahn award winner honoring the team’s most valuable pitcher.
Coach Heintschel has coached travel baseball for 8 years, leading the Ohio Diamondhawks for his first 6 years before transitioning to the Oregon Eagles Baseball Club. Coach Heintschel’s former Diamondhawks team currently has 10 players playing high school baseball. In his first year with the Oregon Eagles, he led the 10u gold team to a 27-6 record, winning the NWOABL League Championship. The team also won the Summer Slugfest Tournament and The Firecracker Tournament along with a runner up finish in the Hensch Classic.